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Voltaire once dismissed history "as a series of accumulated imaginative creations." That formulation is excessive, but we are wise to remind ourselves now and then that history is less certain than it is offered rendered. (Was it Max Beerbohm who quipped that "history doesn't repeat itself, but historians repeat one another"?) Brian Haugton's History's Mysteries serves as a stimulating rejoinder to such pedestrian readings of our past. Fixing its attention on archaeological mysteries as ancient as the 4.7 million-year-old "Ida Fossil" and as recent as Merlin and Cleopatra, this freewheeling historian recaps controversies about scintillating people, places, and artifacts locked in the past. Provocative reading for hometown history detectives.